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Woman Uses Potato As A Contraceptive, It Grows Roots Inside Her Vagina Instead

Listen, I’m totally supportive of a DIY lifestyle. You wanna make your own makeup and cleaning products from scratch? By all means! Got 30 new uses for old timey mason jars? Tell me all about it! But for the love of god, don’t DIY your contraception, especially with root vegetables pulled from your garden. It’s a bad idea. Case in point: according to Colombia Reports, a 22-year-old woman, on the recommendation of her mother, stuck a potato in her vagina for two weeks in the hopes that it would prevent pregnancy. Instead, the potato grew roots, causing severe abdominal pain. The woman was hospitalized, the potato was surgically removed and she’s expected to be fine, but what isn’t so fine is the fact that Colombia’s youth population has been dissuaded from using real contraception. Keep reading »

New Hampshire Candidate Scott Brown Thinks No One Cares About Birth Control

  • New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown thinks that no one cares about birth control or equal pay, of course. [Huffington Post]
  • Tennessee has a new law that treats narcotics addiction during pregnancy as child assault, which is keeping women from getting effective treatment for narcotics addiction. [Salon] Keep reading »

CVS, Walgreens Illegally Charged Women For Birth Control

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  • CVS and Walgreens are under fire for illegally charging 11,000 women a co-pay for their birth control prescriptions at their pharmacies. Under the Affordable Care Act, forms of preventative care — including generic contraception — does not require a co-pay. Thousands of women are now going to be reimbursed. [SalonRH Reality Check]
  • “The Simpsons”/”Family Guy” crossover episode had a rape joke in it. [The Mary Sue]
  • Marlene Pinnock, the 51-year-old Black woman who was repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer in July, is receiving a $1.5 million settlement. The officer who beat her has been forced to resign. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Engender Health Looks At Contraceptives Throughout History

Beaver nuts + Moonshine = Birth control cocktail? (Nope.)

The next time anyone tells you that contraceptives aren’t “natural,” ask them how exactly they aren’t natural. Sure, it interferes with a natural bodily process, but then there’s the fact that women have been making contraceptives for all of documented history, as this Engender Health video demonstrates.

So what’s more important — the fact that women’s bodies are naturally capable of bearing children, or the fact that human psychology has always naturally bent women toward wanting to choose when and if we have children? It’s only in the last hundred years that our technology has enabled us to fulfill a dream we’ve had for over five thousand years: Some people would call that progress. [Huffington Post]

Planned Parenthood Opens “Virtual” Clinics In Minnesota & Washington State

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  • Planned Parenthood is now offering online services in Minnesota and Washington State, in which patients can receive STD counseling or get a prescription for birth control through a video portal or an app. Another service that will soon be available will be mail-order treatment kids for STDs. Take that, assholes closing reproductive health clinics! [The Mary Sue, Star Tribune]
  • On how to talk to your kids about Ray Rice. [Essence] Keep reading »

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Talks Hobby Lobby Decisions With Katie Couric

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"They Have No Constitutional Right To Foist That Belief"

Recently Notorious R.B.G. — I’m mean, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — was interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo and she’s got a lot to say about last month’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. Keep reading »

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